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Gard Vintners - Tasting May 2023

Gard Vintners was founded by Josh & Lisa Lawrence in 2006. Sourcing from their own Lawrence Vineyards (which includes about 14 vineyards in Royal Slope, Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, The Rocks), Gard Vintners produces a huge line-up of top notch wine. Winemaker, and Viticulturist Matías Kúsulas brings knowledge from traveling and harvesting all over the world including Chile, and Europe.

2022 Rose Grand Klasse Reserve 100% Grenache. Light rose with nice clarity. The nose is floral, strawberry, and citrus A focused and well balanced light-medium rose with pleasant round and soft mouthfeel offering grapefruit and nectarines. The finish is slightly lingering and mouthwatering. $25. Score 93. 2019 Vaucluse 61% Syrah, 39% Grenache. Gorgeous aromas of bright cherries, purple flowers and black pepper, earth. Red fruit, pomegranate, strawberry, red currants, with mouthwatering acidity, pronounced white pepper. $25. Score 94. 2019 Vineyard Series Conner Lee 60 merlot 20 cab franc 20 cab sauv. White flowers and black peppery nose. Smooth silky on the palate with a medium to bold body, offering dark cherries and raspberries, black pepper, and coffee. The finish is lingering with soft tannins. $65. Score 95. 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Klasse Reserve 7% cab franc, 6% merlot. Cassis, mocha, clove and pepper nose. A bright cab, offering tart cherries, blueberries, notes of mocha, with heat and pepper. Mouth drying tannins. Incredibly easy to drink. $65. Score 95. 2019 Malbec Aromas of floral bouquet, pink peppercorn, hint of chocolate. Focused and intense dark cherries, blackberries, blueberries swimming smooth and cool on the palate with pink peppercorn, dusted cocoa. The finish is long, with integrated tannins, and chocolatey. $48. Score 96. 2019 Syrah Grand Klasse Reserve 100% Syrah. Nose of smoked meat, black pepper and blue fruit, white flowers. Bursting with mouthwatering fruit of blueberries and blackberries, flowing smooth and silky on the palate. Accents of black pepper, and slightly grippy tannins make for a lively mouthfeel, followed by a lingering finish. $65. Score 96.

I had a fantastic tasting of this release at Gard Vintners. Their wines were truly defined, and focused, with great precision. Their 2022 Rose Grand Klasse Reserve is one of my favorite rose for this summer. Their 2019 Malbec and 2019 Syrah Grand Klasse Reserve was a total knockout. I will definitely need to return to discover more of the amazing offerings at Gard Vintners.


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